You have chosen your destination, you are booking your flights, then there’s a choice to make… do you pay for checked baggage or fit it all in your hand luggage? Now some airlines offer this as standard but faced with extra charges how do you decide?
Here are some questions to ask yourself before you book…
#1 How long are you going for?
A short break may mean you can carry everything with you in your hand luggage, clothing and small toiletries, however a longer holiday may require more space!
#2 What will the weather be like?
Dressing for colder weather means bulkier heavier luggage, whereas clothing for a beach break, or warmer climate wont take up too much space.
#3 Is it a multi-destination trip?
Think about carrying your luggage around whilst you are away, a heavy suitcase can be a pain when travelling between destinations depending on your transport.
#4 What are your activities whilst you are there?
Do you need to bring specialist equipment/ items that need to be placed in hold? Sleeping bags, hiking supplies and technical equipment will usually be bulky and need to be checked.
#6 Will you be using a laundry service?
Doing this can save precious space, however can be expensive if it’s a hotel service. Consider using a launderette whilst back-packing this can often be cheaper than the baggage charge.
#7 Who are you travelling with?
Travelling as a couple? Do you both need a hold bag? Consider packing together and halving the cost.
#8 What will you be bringing back?
You may stuff your carry on case and smile smugly when it closes but after souvenir shopping can you fit everything in to bring home? Will you want to bring items home that are prohibited to carry on?
Make sure you leave a little space, or even only book a hold item for your return..?
What do you think?
I personally prefer to take carry on only if I can help it, mainly because I hate waiting for my hold luggage at the carousel! When travelling by train and bus, and moving hotels and destinations it also makes it a lot easier to get around. However when I’m planning on spending a week on the beach long haul or in one hotel then I will check my baggage and bring what I want!
Leave a comment and tell me what you prefer…..